Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When the ROC becomes popular

l  Taiwan’s official designation, the Republic of China (ROC), has suddenly become popular in the presidential campaign as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen declared recently that “the ROC is Taiwan, and Taiwan is the ROC.” It was also the first time that Tsai had equated the Republic of China with Taiwan.

l  Undoubtedly Tsai’s statements was a sharp departure from her earlier position on the ROC. Though many suspected it was a politically calculated move to attract more centrist votes, it could also be a double-edged sword that might have alienated some core DPP supporters, particularly those pro-independence fundamentalists.....

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